D-Day 75th Anniversary Trip to Normandy, France 2019
The Herndon High School Band had a very memorable trip representing the United States at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France in June 2019!!!
Check out 'Normandy in Review' , a video presentation on the different ways the WWII veterans were honored by the Pride of Herndon at the event. Also, 'Herndon Bands Honors the Greatest Generation' - video posted by Fairfax County Public Schools
The band with USS Herndon veteran Jim Clermont on the steps of the church at Brittany Cemetery. (Photo credit: Dubishar)
At the Tag Day Concert on November 6th, 2019
The Pride of Herndon Marching Band received a Proclamation from the Town of Herndon for participation in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Band director Kathleen Jacoby and band parent/USS Herndon historian Margaret Jamborsky were honored
Artifacts from USS Herndon were presented to the Herndon Historical Society
A new video titled 'Normandy in Review' was shared to highlight the various ways in which the Pride of Herndon Marching Band honored the World War II veterans in France at the 75th anniversary of D-Day
For Photographs and videos of the trip please visit
Here are links to some of the albums -
News and articles
- Video posted by Fairfax County Public Schools
D-Day 75th Anniversary: Connecting with the Past (Around Reston)
Pre-trip announcement and events
The Herndon High School Band is proud to represent the United States at the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France in June 2019. The Pride will be honoring the WWII servicemen and women, our veterans, active duty military and their families.
As they march, the Pride will also be paying a special tribute to the brave men of the USS Herndon, the destroyer that led the Allied naval armada in the assault on France. The marching banner will have a photograph of the ship and each student will carry a photograph of one of the veterans as they march in France. Here's a Mock-up of the Honor Tags they will carry!!!
Check out some of the special guests and talks we had this year -
Col Arnald Gabriel and Buddy Deshler - special guests at the HHS Band Spring concert 2019. Read more on Herndon Connection.
Rubin Sztajer, a holocaust survivor who spoke to us last December (2018). He passed away on March 26, 2019. Rubin was an extraordinary man whose personal mission was to speak to as many kids as possible not just about the Holocaust but more importantly about perseverance and hope. His talk to us was the last one he gave. More about him and his talk here.
WW II veteran Sergeant John Swart Jr who took part in Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944 spoke to us in August 2018. Check out his speech in Videos and Talks on D-Day, USS Herndon and World War II.
His detailed bio is available here.